Portrait of A Serial Monogamist the story:
Elsie, a forty-something television producer and serial monogamist breaks up with her long-standing girlfriend to pursue a younger woman, only to face disapproval from friends and family and the growing realization that she may have broken up with the one she was meant to be with. Toronto and its queer community will be the backdrop for a hilarious and oh so romantic comedy in the style of classic films like, Manhattan, Annie Hall & High Fidelity.
Christina Zeidler Co-Writer/Director/Producer
Christina Zeidler is a Toronto based filmmaker and working in photography, performance, installation, and film. Christina was named one of Toronto’s 10 best Filmmakers by Cameron Bailey artistic director of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and won numerous awards for her work including best film at the hundred dollar film festival for a movie that cost her $17,000 to make. Her work has screened at numerous festivals including queer film festivals in: Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Brazil, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico, Milan, Paris and Torino. She also has a proven record as an entrepreneur as President and Developer of The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.
John Mitchell Co-Writer/Director
John Mitchell is a Toronto writer and director who started his career as one half of the cult 90’s musical comedy duo Brock & John. Mitchell went on to spend two years at the famed Second City in Toronto as part of the Auxiliary Company. Mitchell has written and directed several musical comedies and was one of the early writers of the musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, which went on to win 5 Tony Awards on Broadway. He recently completed post production on his first documentary feature, with co-director Jonathan Crombie, Waiting For Ishtar, about Elaine May’s much-maligned 1987 comedy staring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty.
Mehernaz Lentin Executive Producer/Producer
As an independent producer, Mehernaz Lentin has worked with some of Canada’s leading filmmakers bringing award-winning, innovative dramas and documentary films to theatrical and television markets in Canada and around-the-world. Projects include: feature film, HEAVEN ON EARTH, which was selected as Canada’s Top Ten by TIFF 2008, by Oscar nominee Deepa Mehta; feature-length documentaries include INVISIBLE CITY by Oscar nominee, Hubert Davis, winner of the Hot Doc’s 2009 Best Canadian Feature Award, which she also co-wrote; TOXIC TRESPASS by Barri Cohen, winner of the 2008 Writer’s Guild of Canada Best Documentary Award; one-hour documentary 24 HOUR CAB-RIDE for the CBC’s The Lens, which she co-wrote and co-directed; short dramatic films A SHORT FILM ABOUT FALLING a collaboration between Peter Lynch and internationally renown artist Max Dean and TRAVELLING MEDICINE SHOW by Amnon Buchbinder.
Lentin co-produced THE REPUBLIC OF LOVE (2002 Canada/U.K co-production) a feature adaptation of Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Carol Shield’s novel by the same name. The film was co-written by Esta Spalding and Deepa Mehta and directed by Deepa Mehta. Lentin Line-Produced BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD (2001), also written and directed by Deepa Mehta, the film went on to become one of Canada’s highest grossing box-office hits. Lentin’s first feature as producer was the award-winning feature SKIN DEEP (1995) by Midi Onodera, which was co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. She has produced over half a dozen dramatic and performing arts based films, including ALPHA GIRLS, a 75-minute inter-active multi-platform project by Midi Onodera.